From Mr. Kenneth Holmes, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance:
At this time, the Child Welfare and Attendance Department is not processing any student transfer applications for the 2020-21 school session. An announcement will be posted to all school websites once processing of student transfer applications begins.
Please address any questions to the Child Welfare and Attendance Department at (337) 836-9661.
St. Mary Parish Offers Summer Learning Institute for 2020
Posted by Susan Dupre on 5/21/2020
The St. Mary Parish Virtual Learning Program will once again offer its Summer Learning Institute, a program that allows students to take advantage of the summer break by enrolling in new courses or retaking courses for high school credit.
Courses offered during the Summer Learning Institute’s 6-week session are condensed versions of the same high-quality, instructor-supported courses offered by the Virtual Learning Program during the school year. Successful students will find themselves working 10 to 20 hours each week, depending on the intensity of the course selected. They can work from home on their own computers or use portable devices to work from other locations like a hotel room or a relative’s house. The flexible nature of online courses means that students can still participate in normal summer activities if time is also allocated to keep up with the weekly course schedule.
While traditional summer school is usually restricted to students with remediation needs, the SMPVLP Summer Learning Institute encourages students to consider enrolling in a course if
The course is not offered at their assigned school.
Their schedules are too full to add fun or unusual electives.
They have failed a course and wish to retake it to avoid falling behind.
Schedule conflicts are preventing students from taking a required course.
Enrollment in SLI is open to high school students attending public, private, or charter schools. For students in St. Mary Parish, the online application must be completed by a student's school counselor. The application window opened on Wednesday, May 20, and will remain open through Wednesday, June 3, 2020. A personal check or money order made out to the St. Mary Parish School Board must accompany each application.
St. Mary Parish Families Eligible for Emergency Food Benefits
Posted by District on 5/16/2020
The Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is offering families assistance in purchasing food to help offset school meals missed during the COVID-19 closures. The emergency food benefit is available to ALL children who would normally receive free or reduced meals at school and to ALL students who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school.
St. Mary Parish CEP schools include the following:
B. Edward Boudreaux Middle
Bayou Vista Elementary
Franklin Jr. High
Hattie Watts Elementary
Morgan City High
Morgan City Jr. High
Patterson Jr. High
West St. Mary High
Therefore, a parent whose child attends any one of these schools is eligible to apply, as well as any parent whose child is eligible for free/reduced meals at Berwick High and Berwick Jr. High
This is an incredible opportunity for families to obtain assistance in a quick and easy process. The portal for applying opens on Monday, May 18th. Applications are due by June 8, 2020.
High School Graduation Ceremony Preparations for the Class of 2020 Announced
Posted by Susan Dupre on 5/13/2020
Graduation ceremonies for high schools across St. Mary Parish have been scheduled in accordance with newly released COVID-19 guidelines announced this week. All graduation ceremonies will be held outside (weather permitting) at the school’s football stadium and will include appropriate social distancing measures with limitations on the number and placement of attendees. Ceremony dates were communicated to members of the senior class and parents yesterday in an effort to avoid any scheduling conflicts and offer ample notification for travel considerations.
High school graduation ceremonies for St. Mary Parish Schools will be held as follows:
Friday, May 22:Centerville High School at 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 28: Berwick High School at 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 28:West St. Mary High School at 7:00 PM
Friday, May 29:Franklin High School at 6:30 PM
Friday, May 29:Morgan City High School at 6:30 PM
Saturday, May 30:Patterson High School at 10:00 AM
The traditional program for graduation ceremonies will be adjusted as well in order to limit physical contact and maintain adherence to publicized health and safety guidelines. Parents of high school seniors are encouraged to contact their child’s school with any specific questions regarding graduation ceremonies.
Round 1 PreK registration opened on Thursday, May 7, and will close on May 21, 2020. Parents/guardians who missed the initial registration day should contact the attendance zone school by phone to schedule a registration appointment. If there is no answer at the school's phone number, Ms. Fryou at the district office (337-836-6050) can assist in scheduling a registration time.
Parents can expect to receive calls about acceptance on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Registration Reminder
Posted by District on 5/1/2020
St. Mary Parish Schools will hold registration of PreK students and any new students enrolling in Kindergarten and 1st Grade on May 7, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Parents/Guardians are reminded to bring the following information:
Child's birth certificate
Social Security card
Proof of address (electric/utility bill in parent/guardian's name, state ID card, lease or mortgage statement)
Proof of income (2 current check stubs, current SNAP benefit letter with student's name)
For safety, we ask that only one parent with a mask come to register the child. No children are allowed on campus at this time. Additional information can be obtained by calling the school in your attendance zone.
On behalf of the St. Mary Parish Schools community, it is my distinct privilege to welcome you to our district’s webpage. This site serves as a virtual platform for a wide array of information about our district and its twenty-one school sites.
We are very proud of the accomplishments that our district has made in academic growth, and we will continue to strive for further advancements by offering a variety of programs and services in our efforts to reach every student. St. Mary Parish Schools is fortunate to have a remarkably dedicated and highly-qualified staff focused on providing students with an exceptional educational experience that will prepare them for life after high school graduation. Our schools offer an array of extracurricular activities, and we encourage students to get involved beyond the classroom. As educators, we consider it a sacred trust to guide our students in a path of learning that will be challenging, relevant, and purposeful.
Thank you for visiting our website and for entrusting the future of St. Mary Parish to our schools.
--Dr. Teresa Bagwell, Superintendent of St. Mary Parish Schools
Be Wary of Open Enrollment Scams
Posted by Susan Dupre on 11/13/2019
Two important deadlines are quickly approaching for adding or changing your health coverage if you use one of the following options:
There are no Medicare sales representatives. Anyone who tried to sell you Medicare insurance is a scammer.
You do NOT have to join a prescription drug plan to keep your Medicare insurance. Medicare Part D is voluntary and has nothing to do with your regular Medicare coverage.
Telephone scammers posing as "official agents" may ask for personal information, offer free equipment or services, ask for a quick payment, or threaten you. Just hang up.
Help with Medicare is available at medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE.
For Affordable Care Act:
Compare plans and quality ratings at healthcare.gov, where you can also enroll.
This year, you can also sign up for an ACA plan directly with certain certified partners. Make sure a company is on the Certified Partner list before giving them your information.
After you apply for ACA, you may get a phone call from the Marketplace asking you to verify information or supply additional information. If you are unsure about trusting the caller, ask the representative to mail you a letter with instructions for completing your application.
Help for ACA is available from the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. You can also meet with a local assistant in your community who will offer free assistance. Local assistance can be found through the Local Assistance tool.
Student:"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -John Wooden
Staff:"Be brave, teachers. Today you may face big challenges, impossible tasks or difficult problems. Or you may not, and your students might. Whatever the case, put on your brave face and teach on!" -Unknown
St. Mary Parish Schools is committed to continuing its tradition of academic excellence and an unwavering dedication in providing all students with an exceptional education that opens opportunities and service beyond graduation.
The St. Mary Parish Schools website is intended to be a resource for our students and their families, for our employees, and for our community by offering information about our schools in a timely manner. While the district makes every effort to ensure that published information is accurate and current, it makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this web site. The St. Mary Parish School Board specifically disavows legal responsibility for what a user may find on an external site as it cannot control or guarantee the content of these sites. The St. Mary Parish School Board is committed to providing equal access to information, resources, and services to persons with disabilities or special needs. Those having difficulty accessing webpages or content on a webpage should contact the district web administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-836-9661. To file a formal grievance under Section 504 and Title II related to accessibility, visit http://stmaryk12.net/accessibility.